Priest Says Darwin Was Absolutely Wrong

This comes from a news source in Asia that we haven’t seen before. Their headline is Archpriest Smirnov said that science is ‘playing the fool’, adhering to Darwin’s theory. It appears at the website MiceTimes. That seems to be a news organization in Singapore and Bangkok, and they have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from their article, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin “completely unscientific” and “absolutely not true”. [Gasp!] This opinion was expressed by head of the Patriarchal Commission on family matters, protection of motherhood and childhood Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov at the conference “Family and family values of the traditional religions of Russia”.

Smirnov? It seems we’ve seen that name before — no, not spelled the same. Anyway, then they quote another priest, or maybe it’s Smirnov with a different title. Doesn’t matter. Here’s the quote:

“Modern science has nothing to offer, except that we [are?] monkey children. A completely unscientific theory, which is absolutely not confirmed”, — quotes the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, RIA “Novosti”.

Now they get back to Smirnov:

Smirnov believes that people now have a choice: “either accept the biblical doctrine” of the creation of man and all the Earth to God, “or to continue to fool around in all the public schools of the globe, that, in fact, modern science tries to do.”

You have a choice, dear reader. You can either accept The Truth or you can keep fooling around. But remember — if you make the wrong choice, you’ll suffer the consequences!

Then MiceTimes switches to an older story, one we wrote about a month ago — see Darwin Repents! Or Does He? — and they tell us:

In August, the priest and the Confessor of the Alekseevsky female monastery stavropegic Moscow Artemy Vladimirov stated that he talked with scientist Charles Darwin, who lived in the NINETEENTH century. According to the priest, it happened in great Britain in Westminster Abbey where he is buried.

“In Westminster Abbey are buried many famous people. I recently spoke with Charles Darwin. I am not a fan of the monkey theory, so I as a priest was fun to talk to. “Charles, you there?” — I turned to the gravestone. What do you say now, as you think, are there any intermediate links between species — between the Zebra and the giraffe?”, — said the priest, adding that Darwin “was the naive notion that archaeology will find these intermediates”.

Yeah, yeah — Darwin said he regretted his theory. Except that, as we reported in our post, the priest later said it was all a joke. But today’s story in the MiceTimes is treating Darwin’s recantation as serious news. Their final paragraph has no news at all. It just tells us what we already know:

In 2019, celebrated 210 years since the birth of Charles Darwin — English traveler and naturalist. He was one of the first scholars who founded the idea that all species of living organisms evolyutsioniruet [sic] over time and are descended from common ancestors. In his theory, outlined in his book “the Origin of species”, the main mechanism of evolution Darwin called natural selection. His main work — “the Origin of man and sexual selection” — the scientist has published in 1871. It says, in particular, that man and APE have a common ancestor.

That’s the whole story. We can’t tell if they’re serious or if it’s some kind of spoof — but that’s how we feel about a lot of creationist stories. You’ll have to make your own decision, dear reader. What do you make of this one?

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4 responses to “Priest Says Darwin Was Absolutely Wrong

  1. “It seems we’ve seen that name before ”
    Very likely you have – Pjotr Arsenjevitsj started distilling wodka back in 1864.

  2. Richard Staller

    I look into the mirror and clearly I am not the child of a monkey. So going forward I will strive to get all of my scientific knowledge from a priest. /s

  3. Of course, Darwin’s “main work” was The Origin of Species, published in 1859. His 1871 book The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is much less well known and generally considered to be inferior to the Origin, in part because it’s much less well grounded in observation. But hey, details, schmetails.

  4. chris schilling

    Well you can always body slam
    Kent Hovind and Ken Ham
    I drive a beat up Cadillac
    Cause it’s good for my back

    But you won’t fool
    The children of monkey evolution
    No, you won’t fool
    The children of monkey evolution
    No, no, no…

    — apologies to T. Rex